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About Brantridge School

Brantridge is a special school, catering for boys with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum (ASC), including those with Asperger’s Syndrome and those with a diagnosis of ADHD and associated learning difficulties. Most pupils have also exhibited challenging behaviour in their previous schools.

The school occupies an impressive set of buildings, built in the English Country House tradition, set in the Sussex Weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty, between the towns of Crawley and Haywards Heath. Brighton and the Sussex Downs are close by. Brantridge is well placed to draw upon a wide range of leisure, recreational and educational facilities, having easy access to facilities between the Sussex Coast and London.

Statement of Principles and Practice

The main aim of the school is to help each pupil fulfil his potential and position him for life by giving him his full entitlement to the national Curriculum. The school seeks to promote high personal standards of work and behaviour. Emphasis is placed on improving each pupil’s self-esteem, self image and confidence.

Staff strive to provide a stimulating, structured and nurturing environment. Expectations for each child are high, realistic and achievable. Full consideration is given to their individual needs, stage of development and experiences.

The school places a high value on the importance of working closely with the child, his family and/or carers, referring authority and other agencies. Health and emotional well-being are promoted throughout the curriculum and are integral to improving outcomes.

The school’s ethos incorporates principles of structure, continuity and security within which the pupil will be able to maximize his personal, social and educational development.

We recognize the importance of motivating the individual to value academic success and to feel positive about relationships. To this end the school uses an inclusive approach with an emphasis on personalised educational strategies as well as a blended therapeutic approach to improve social communication.

Our Academies

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of OHC&AT will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.   We are looking forward to a bright future as part of the OHC&AT family.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Business & Office Managers Network Group

OHC&AT hosted their first academy Business & Office Managers Network Group meeting on 1st March. The group was set up to enable delegates to meet fellow colleagues from other academies within the Trust and put them in contact with each …

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Congrats to the DET graduates!

The first cohort of The Training School’s DET students marked the end of their course and celebrated this huge achievement with a graduation ceremony at Canterbury Christ Church University. The group has completed the Diploma in Education and Training – …

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CEO Appointment

The OHC&AT Board of Directors and some of our pupils, students and staff carried out a competitive CEO recruitment and selection process in February and March. We are delighted to announce that Mr John Prior has been appointed to the …

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Digital Hub launched at The Stoop

Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) in partnership with The Harlequins Foundation launched a new digital hub based at the home of Harlequins. The Digital Hub, which is being piloted over the next twelve weeks, provides students from a …

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